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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:52:00

Nucor sues to stop Big River Steel plant in Mississippi County

Nucor Steel Arkansas and Nucor Yamato Steel, which operate steel mills near Blytheville, have filed suit in federal district court in Jonesboro to stop construction of the Big River Steel mill, an operation heavily subsidized by state and local tax money that's a venture by Nucor's former boss, John Correnti.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 13:32:00

Arguments filed to invalidate Arkansas Voter ID law

Plaintiffs today asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that invalidated the 2013 voter ID law. They want a stay lifted so the law cannot be enforced for the November general election.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 07:14:00

Appoint Arkansas judges? Nothing to see here

A remark by lame-duck Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on his belief that judges should be appointed rather than elected prompted articles on the issue today in both the Democrat-Gazette and at Stephens Media. Bottom line: Ain't going to happen.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 07:23:00

Lawsuit challenges petitions for alcohol sales in Saline County

Three people have sued to challenge the certification of a retail alcohol sales question for the November ballot in Saline County.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 14:56:00

Justice delayed is Dustin McDaniel's idea of justice

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel continues his play to string out the challenge of Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban as long as possible.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 14:00:00

Maggio issues statement on removal from the bench

Mike Maggio issued a statement today following his agreement that he'd violated judicial ethics rules sufficiently to be removed from the bench. He said he'd always treated people fairly. The record gave cause to question that.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:02:00

The Kochs and their ilk work to take over courts, too

Money talks loudly in judicial races around the country. What's the point of Kochs controlling legislatures if they can't control court review of those laws as well?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 07:01:00

Judge orders state to pay $69,000 as cost of abortion lawsuit

Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright has ordered the state of Arkansas to pay more than $69,000 in the lawsuit striking down the state's ban on most abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 07:27:00

Briefing schedule set in Voter ID case

The record of the trial of the challenge of the Voter ID law was filed at the Arkansas Supreme Court last week and a briefing schedule was set.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 20:31:00

Faulkner County: no marriage licenses for same sex couples on Monday

In a press release issued Sunday, Faulkner County attorney David Hogue says that the office of Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds will refuse to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples this week. According to the press release from Hogue, the basis of Reynolds' refusal is three-fold, including the question of whether Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza has the authority to strike down a statewide law.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 14:41:00

Judge Tim Fox again finds Arkansas Voter ID law unconstitutional but stays ruling

Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who last week struck down the 2013 Voter ID law because it unconstitutionally adds additional requirements to be eligible to vote, today again found the law unconstitutional in a separate case, but stayed his decision, citing the beginning of early voting on Monday. He said he didn't want to create turmoil at the polls.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:13:00

$500,000 bond set for Paragould OBGYN in video voyeurism case

A Paragould OBGYN accused of five counts of video voyeurism in a case in which a patient said he photographed her without her consent during an examination has seen his bond set at a half-million dollars. Dr. Paul Becton, Jr. 68, is currently being held in the Greene County Detention Center, and has been ordered to surrender his passport, have no contact with the alleged victim in the case, and to not travel outside the Second Judicial District without approval from the court if he bonds out of jail.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:00:00

One more thing about those judicial suspensions

For the 10s of you following the state judicial eligibility saga, a quick note about this morning Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story that led with the finding that nearly a third of sitting judges in the state have been suspended for not paying their bar dues since 2006: Aside from serving as further evidence that judges are slackers like the rest of it, the story didn't tell us much.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:21:00

Piazza to rule in two weeks on same-sex marriage lawsuit

A lengthy and sometimes moving hearing before Judge Chris Piazza today at the Pulaski County Courthouse, with the attorneys for the plaintiffs both sometimes choking back tears and they argued in favor of a motion for summary judgment in their challenge to Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage, with Pulaski Co. Judge Chris Piazza says he will rule in two weeks' time on a motion for summary judgment that could overturn Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:50:00

Arkansas Supreme Court denies petition asking Court to rule on law-license suspension kerfuffle

The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied the petition from Circuit Judge H.G. Foster asking the Court to settle the ongoing matter of what counts as a law-license suspension for judicial candidates once and for all.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:34:00

Judge Tim Fox ruled eligible for election despite past law license suspension

Circuit Judge Sam Bird yesterday ruled that Circuit Judge Tim Fox is an eligible candidate for re-election. A lawsuit was filed earlier this month alleging that Fox should be disqualified because of a suspension in his law license in 2013 for failure to pay bar dues. The Arkansas Constitution requires judicial candidates to have been licensed attorneys in the state for six consecutive years prior to taking the seat (eight for Supreme Court judges). Bird ruled that an administrative suspension for late payment, unlike a punitive suspension for misconduct, would not disqualify a candidate.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 15:05:00

Judge Tim Fox allows Arkansas Republicans to assist in Voter ID lawsuit

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox today ruled that the Republican Party of Arkansas will be able to help defend the state in a lawsuit over how to deal with absentee ballots under the state's Voter ID law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last year almost completely on partisan lines, overriding Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 09:52:00

Judge Wendell Griffen: Angela Byrd's law-license suspension violated her due process rights

Here's the ruling from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen finding that it's unconstitutional to automatically suspend the law license of an attorney (in the case for non-payment of dues) without giving a chance for the attorney to contest the suspension. Griffen declared the automatic suspensions unconstitutional on Wednesday and released his 18-page ruling yesterday.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:05:00

Bull Shoals police chief ordered by fed. judge to live with the mayor

In Bull Shoals, sitting police chief Dan Sutterfield has been ordered by a federal judge to live with the town's mayor, Bruce Powell, as a condition of his release from jail after Sutterfield was arrested on FBI allegations that he hit, kicked and tased a handcuffed suspect.. Powell says he will not ask Sutterfield to step down.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 17:02:00

Every Arkansas Supreme Court Justice has paid annual bar dues late

All seven Arkansas Supreme Court justices have paid their annual bar fees late in the past. Two justices, Justice Karen Baker and Justice Courtney Hudson Henry, failed to pay their annual dues within eight years of joining the Court. That time window may be significant because Amendment 80 of the Arkansas Constitution requires Supreme Court justices to be licensed attorneys at least eight years immediately preceding the date they assumed office.

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